Colette is a young teenager who hails from Bambalang village. Although her parents are both alive, their economic situation and the large size of the family led her them to hand her over to an uncle who promised her a good education in the town of Batouri in the East Province of Cameroon. For a period of close to five years, she worked in domestic servitude in the house of her uncle, with apparently no prospects for the education she had been promised when she had left her parents. Her birth certificate was altered to bear the names of her benefactors (Ndi) as her parents, and consequently in her naivete could not imagine that she could return to her biological parents again. Coupled with this deception she suffered both physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her aunt whom she was forced to call mother. Eventually having given the impression that she had settled down, her uncle let her take a trip back home with them for a short vacation. This was the opportunity she had been waiting for, and arriving Bambalang she refused to return with them to Batouri. Colette’s dream is to be able to go back to school despite her age, and to get an education that will enable her to get a job that can improve on the economic situation of her family and give assistance to her younger siblings, so that they never have live through what she suffered.
To ensure the opportunity will not continue to exist to enslave young girls, Nascent has been sensitizing and raising awareness in the Bambalang area by :
conducting one on one consultations
airing a radio talk show on TIP,its affects and methods of curving it,
conducting workshops with 22 community leaders and vigilante groups
Currently, Nascent has placed Collette in a vocational College to obtain basic computer skills. Will you help Nascent keep Collette and others in school.
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